Several Stowaways Removed From Delta Air Lines Flight in Los Angeles

by Anthony Losanno
Delta Seats

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A Delta Air Lines flight between Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) ended up with a few extra passengers on Friday. Two stowaways were found before the plane left the gate, but three others weren’t removed until after the aircraft reached its final destination.

Stowaways on ATL->LAX 345 Friday, 4/12 – You guys will love this one
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A post on Reddit details the full story. It appears that the five men somehow got access to a family’s boarding passes and got on the plane. When the family arrived, two of the men were occupying their Comfort+ seats. They were asked to leave the aircraft and get it sorted out at the gate by a flight attendant and did not return. Interestingly, three other men managed to sit in the back of the plane and make it to Los Angeles. I’m not sure how they were not discovered in a passenger count or how the boarding passes being scanned didn’t alert the gate agent.

According to the poster, police and an FBI agent met the plane and escorted the three men off of the aircraft.

Lat month, I wrote about a man who stowed away on board Delta Air Lines flight DL1683 from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) on March 17th. He cleverly took a photo of a child’s boarding pass and used it to board the plane after clearing security with a Southwest “buddy pass.”

Back in September, another woman stowed away on a Southwest flight that was going to Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY). She wanted to see Beyoncé and somehow boarded the plane unticketed for the flight.

Anthony’s Take: I’m not sure how this happened, but the three men apprehended are in a heap of trouble. I’m also surprised that there were any empty seats as flights are all so full.

(H/T: View from the Wing.)

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